Why Marriage Matters
In September of 2013, Equality Ohio Education Fund, ACLU Foundation of Ohio, and Human Rights Campaign Foundation launched Why Marriage Matters Ohio to win the hearts and minds of Ohioans for marriage equality. In just a few short years, we moved Ohioans from having a 47% favorability of marriage equality to 53%. When the Obergefell ruling was issued, Why Marriage Matters Ohio readied probate courts across the country and held rallies outside of them with clergy on-hand to marry people. Ultimately, we gathered the visible support of over 300 faith leaders throughout Ohio for marriage equality.
Ohio Business Competes
Support from the business community began to increase around this time as a result of the push for marriage equality. In August of 2015 Equality Ohio, ACLU of Ohio, and Human Rights Campaign started Ohio Business Competes. Ohio Business Competes is a no-cost, nonpartisan coalition of corporations, universities, and law firms that are supportive of LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination policy at the state level.